By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
A DAY LATE. Due to weather and road conditions in the Midwest (you probably haven't heard, since no one really reported it...) the SPJ office was closed Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The staff is back to work and eager to serve you. This week's SPJ Leads is a day late, but its content is no less valuable. Thanks for understanding.
SDX AWARDS DEADLINE FEB. 9. Time is running out to enter the Sigma Delta Chi Awards! The program recognizes excellent journalism in print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. With numerous categories, your work could be nationally recognized. Hurry! The entry deadline is Feb. 9, 2011.
Entrants can submit work through our online format, which allows you to submit easily and efficiently. To be eligible, work must have been published or broadcast during the 2010 calendar year. SPJ members may enter for $60. Contest rules and categories are here.
Visit the SPJ Awards site for more information and to enter. If you have any questions, contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210 or email@example.com.
NEW ORLEANS WRITING WORKSHOP DEADLINE TOMORROW. Friday, Feb. 4, is the deadline to register for SPJ's upcoming Narrative Writing Workshop. The workshop will take place Feb. 19, 2011, at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
Through SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshops, participants learn options for reinvigorating the writing craft. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and reporter Tom Hallman Jr., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a day filled with tips for creating excitement in news stories. Click here for registration information.
To learn more about the program and Hallman, click here. If you have any questions, e-mail Heather Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT'S A NEW AMERICA. SPJ's New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities living in the United States. Although not required, collaboration with ethnic media is taken into account.
Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. There is no entrance fee.
To be eligible, work must have been published or broadcast during the 2010 calendar year. SPJ welcomes nominations from media outlets, journalists, community and issue advocacy groups, individuals and others concerned with ethnic issues.
Learn more about the award here.
QUILL, GLORIOUS QUILL. The January/February issue of Quill is out and full of tips to help you. If you can't wait to read the print version (if it hasn't arrive already) you can also read online (SPJ members have access to the full online archive back to 2001).
In this issue:
— Journalism Entrepreneurship: Special Section
— Michigan's Morphing Media (is it a sign of larger trends in local news?)
— 10 Questions for Ken Rudin (aka NPR's "Political Junkie")
— The Important Difference Between the Shield Law and SHIELD Act
And, of course, there is the regular slate of Toolbox columns on everything from diversity to education to digital media. See all the columns here.
If you have questions, comments, feedback or pitches for future content, e-mail editor Scott Leadingham or call 317-927-8000 ext. 211.
ON THE BLOGS. The SPJ Blogs Network is active with trends and advice to help today's journalists. From chapter development, freelancing tips, industry news from around the world, digital media help, and more written by SPJ committee members and staff, the network has you covered. Here is a look at some of the latest entries in the past few days:
— The Independent Journalist: "Do you plan to get sick? If not, you should"
But then an itch started down deep in my throat, past the point where coughing scratched it. A flood of morning coffee failed to drown the symptom; granola for breakfast just made it worse. By lunchtime, the odd dizziness... (Read more)
— Net Worked: "Quora tries to answer all your questions"
In this burgeoning age of instant analysis online, the question for many professional journalists nowadays isn't "What do you know?" but "Who can be trusted to have accurate information?" (Read more)
— First Draft: "Reporting: a lifestyle, not a job"
"I am not working Christmas. What are your days off?" These are two things I most recently heard fly around my newsroom from an intern (insert internal chuckle). All I wanted to ask was, "Are you joking?" (Read more)
— Journalism and the World: "Glued to Al Jazeera English"
I'm sure that I am among thousands of people who have turned to Al Jazeera English to keep up with the unrest in Egypt. (Read more)
See the full blog network list here.
CHATTING ABOUT DIVERSITY
Tweet with us by joining this week's #SPJchat Twitter chat — Thursday 8 p.m. ET — on how online media can do a better job of covering diversity. And as always, we've got a great lineup of panelists leading the discussion.
— George Daniels, SPJ Diversity Committee chairman and assistant professor, University of Alabama
— Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia University School of Journalism dean of student affairs & professor
— Kristen Aguirre, DePaul University graduate journalism student
— Kareem Johnson, freelance multi-platform multimedia journalist
— Vi Nguyen, DePaul University undergraduate journalism student
The chat will last approximately 90 minutes. SPJ DePaul University chapter adviser and Journalist's Toolbox editor Mike Reilley will moderate. For details on how to participate in the weekly chats and a schedule of upcoming topics, see spjdepaul.com.
SPEAKING OF DIVERSITY AND DEPAUL. Two weeks from now, the DePaul University chapter is sponsoring a panel discussion titled "Who's News? Achieving Diversity in Media Coverage & the Newsroom." Also sponsoring and participating in the event are DePaul's Korean Student Organization, Inter-Tribal Student Organization and Act Out.
The panel will take place on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Karen Kring of the Association for Women Journalists will moderate the event. Joining her will be panelists:
— Leena Saleh, DePaul Documentary Project & United Muslims Moving Ahead
— Rashanah Baldwin, New Expressions Teen Newspaper & WVON 1690 AM Talk of Chicago
— Adam Kessel, Inter-Tribal Student Organization and the American Indian Center of Chicago
— Brianna Montague, Act Out & Black Student Union
— Kristen Aguirre, DePaul University graduate journalism student
Follow the event live on Twitter by using hashtag #spjdiversity or #spjchat. For more, e-mail email@example.com
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Learn more about long-term care with Prudential by calling their benefit advisor service at 877-636-3774. Discounted insurance with Prudential is just one of many professional opportunities and savings for SPJ Members.
EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS. Each year, the Radio Television Digital News Association honors outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards, established in 1971, honor Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism. Recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made standard for the electronic news profession.
To learn more about the awards and to enter, click here.
AWARDS FOR BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL JOURNALISM. UCLA Anderson School of Management and the G. and R. Loeb Foundation invite business, financial and economic journalists from print, online and broadcast media to submit entries for the 2011 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in 13 categories and two career achievement awards.
The Loeb Awards began in 1957 with the mission of recognizing writers, editors and producers who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy for both the private investor and the general public. Submissions are accepted online. The extended submission deadline is Monday, February 7, 2011.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What philanthropist and supporter of investigative journalism passed away Saturday in Chicago at age 93? Hint: His foundation provided significant funding for the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Investigative Reporting Program, the Center for Investigative Reporting and PBS-TV's Frontline.
A. David Logan. A native of Chicago, Logan often referred to investigative journalism as "the guardian of the public interest"
And the winner is...
Eileen Casey of Southampton, N.Y. Congrats, Eileen!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What university recently landed a four-year, $4.2 million grant for an effort it hopes will improve the digital tools used by journalists and other information providers? Extra credit: Name the foundation that provided the grant.
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.